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What Is Hospice?
Hospice and palliative care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. Care and support are not only provided to the patient, but the patient's loved ones as well.
Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and, in most cases, care is provided in the patient's home. Hospice care can also be provided in hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid Advantage, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.
How does hospice care work?
Hospice is a 24 hour, 7 day a week program providing care to patients based on the individual plan of care developed by the hospice team and the family to meet the patient's needs for pain and symptom management.
The hospice team consists of:
  • The patient' s personal physician
  • Hospice medical director
  • Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Certified home health aides
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Trained volunteers
  • Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
What services are provided by the hospice team?
  • Pain and symptoms management
  • Support and assistance to the patient, family, and/or caregiver for the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying
  • Medications, medical supplies, and equipment related to the hospice diagnosis
  • Education to the family/caregiver on how to care for the patient
  • Special services like speech and physical therapy when needed
  • Short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite
  • Bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends
Amy, Anadarko, OK
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